Mandalay Art Tour - "The Essence of Art"

See the artistic side of Myanmar's last Royal Capital.



Day 1


Since Yangon was colonized by the British as early as 19th century A.D, you can discover the ancient British architecture at the antique buildings within downtown Yangon. Some of them are already recognized as UNESCO Heritage. Myanmar is a country with people of different religions and thus it would be interesting for you to witness the coexistence of diverse religious buildings such as Temple, Mosque, Church and Pagoda, in a same place in the heart of downtown Yangon. You will also enjoy Myanmar food which is just like a fusion of Indian and China foods as Myanmar is existing between these two big countries.

As an introduction to the culture of Myanmar, you will be exploring famous Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the wonders of the world and the landmark of Myanmar on this day. The traditional religious way of paying homage to the pagoda by native Myanmar people can be experienced and also the various shops selling flowers and ornaments, accessories and various offerings to the pagada can be found for your interest.

Day 2

Yangon to Mandalay

You will be leaving for Mandalay by the morning flight to start your journey of Art Tour in the heart of Myanmar. Upon arrival, you will be exploring the Golden Palace of late Myanmar Kings and feel the majestic atmosphere of monarchial rule of last Myanmar Kingdoms.

In the evening, Mandalay Hill will be your fascinating destination to indulge yourself with the panoramic view of Mandalay City under the rays of setting sun. Photos taken from Mandalay Hill to the surrounding areas with tropical landscapes would be valuable assets for your future painting projects at home.

Day 3

Mandalay - Pyin Oo Lwin (66 km, two hours’ drive by car)

Sightseeing and Outdoor Drawing

Pyin Oo Lwin, also known as City of Flowers, is a small town on a hilly region with a nice cold weather just two hours’ drive from Mandalay. There, you can enjoy the gardenic beauties of the town itself and its panoramic neighbourhoods. Feel the cold weather, see the historic British colonial style buildings, touch the living style of various native people comprising with Myanmar, Shan, Pa Oh, Indian, Gurkha and taste their local foods.

Enjoy outdoor drawing to the beautiful town Pyin Oo Lwin together with native artists would be a pleasant experience for your lifetime.

Day 4

Pyin Oo Lwin - Mandalay - Amarapura

Study Tour on local weaving houses and Outdoor Drawing

In the morning, you will be coming back to Mandalay and proceeding to Amarapura, a small town down south of Mandalay with a distance of one hour’s drive by car. Amarapura is a small town with traditional weaving houses and you are going to discover the unique way of weavings by local people.

Again, under the evening sun, enjoy outdoor drawing to capture the amazing beauty of U Bein Bridge, the long wooden bridge built 200 years ago, together with native artists.

Day 5

Mandalay - Mingun - Mandalay

Study Tour on Tapestry and Gold Leaf Production Houses and Outdoor drawing

Today, you will be on a tour to explore the uniqueness of Traditional Myanmar Tapestry and the production of Gold Leaf that is to be offered to God Buddha as per the religious belief of Myanmar Buddhist Community.
In the afternoon, you will be crossing the famous Ayarwaddy River by boat (approx. one hour) to reach Mingun to enjoy evening outdoor drawing.

Day 6

Mandalay - Inwa - Sagaing (one hour’s drive from Mandalay)

Sightseeing at Inwa and Sagaing

This will be the last day for your expedition of art and heritage of Myanmar in Mandalay. You are going to enjoy outdoor drawing among the ancient monasteries and beautiful landscapes around Mandalay under the rays of morning sun together with local artists. Afterwards, you will be touring at Inwa, once known as Ava, one that survived the longest with its rich history, a remarkable countryside with ruins, monastic buildings and stupas.

In the evening, your program will come to an end by a short trip to Sagaing to discover the jaw-dropping view of green hills crowned with white and golden pagodas, monasteries and nunneries.

Day 7

Mandalay - Yangon Departure

Flexible and easy and departure